19 January 1946, Sevierville, Tennessee, USA. Dolly Rebecca Partons poor farming parents paid the doctor in cornmeal for attending the birth of the fourth of their 12 offspring. After her appearances as a singing guitarist on local radio as a child, including the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Parton left school in 1964. Her recorded output had included a raucous rockabilly song called Puppy Love for a small label as early as 1958, but a signing to Monument in 1966 - the time of her marriage to the reclusive Carl Dean - yielded a C&W hit with Dumb Blonde, as well as enlistment in the prestigious Porter Wagoner Show as its stetsoned leader Porter Wagoners voluptuous female foil in duets and comedy sketches. While this post adulterated her more serious artistic worth, she notched up further country smashes, among them Joshua, the autobiographical Coat Of Many Colours and, with Wagoner, The Last Thing...
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